Every bit as irreverent and non-sensical as the fellow titles in the Lego cinematic universe – ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ – ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ is a ludicrous but still suitably funny outing that’s light on coherence and heavy on heart.
Adopting a mentality that pokes fun at both kung-fu movies and Korean creature features, ‘Ninjago’ manages to piece together a plot of sorts after subjecting its audience to sensory overload in its opening animated minutes; the film’s prologue, starring Jackie Chan, is live-action.
Living in the expansive Ninjago City proves a tough ordeal for high-schooler Lloyd Garmadon (voiced by Dave Franco) as his villainous father, Lord Garmadon (an excellent Justin Theroux), is constantly subjecting the city to his nefarious methods of destruction. Shielding his identity from the unforgiving public, Lloyd joins forces with a slew of other Ninja-enthusiasts in a bid to take down Garmadon once and for all.
It’s a standard story, and the ultimate destination of where it will travel to is expected, but there’s so much ridiculous fun to be had along the way that we really don’t care how predictable it is at the core.
‘Ninjago’ may not quite match the heights of the aforementioned ‘Lego’ or ‘Batman’ ventures, but there’s still plenty of aesthetically pleasing visuals for the younger viewers and enough adult-approved jokes for the more mature audience members to consider this another surprise success for the Lego brand; plus, I dare anyone not to giggle everytime at Garmadon’s pronunciation of Lloyd’s name (“Luh-Lloyd” – it’s the double L).
The Lego Ninjago Movie is in cinemas now. Watch the trailer below: